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Macedonia 24.05.22 | 09:59

No progress in the meeting between Kovacevski and Petkov in Rome

Statements made by the prime ministers of Macedonia and Bulgaria, Dimitar Kovacevski and Kiril Petkov, followign their meeting in Rome, show that there was no progress in their talks. The Government issued a statement describing the meeting as “constructive and open” to cover political issues...

Macedonia 23.05.22 | 21:40

Petkov warns about likely provocations

Following his meeting with Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski in Rome, Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov said that his country won’t succumb to provocations meant to increase tensions and will not be bound by preset dates to resolve the dispute. We did not bind ourselves to any deadline. We only...

Macedonia 23.05.22 | 20:47

No progress announced after the meeting in Rome

Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski said that he can not reveal whether any progress was made during his meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov in Rome today. Kovacevski added that talks are on-going between experts and the public will be informed once there is a mutually acceptable proposal. We...

Macedonia 23.05.22 | 17:03

Kovacevski wants to focus on the positive during his meeting in Rome, while Petkov is trying to find allies to lift the veto

Macedonian Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski said that he wants to focus on the positive during his meeting with his Bulgarian counterpart Kiril Petkov in Rome today, where they’re both honoring Ss. Cyril and Methodius. In the afternoon I will meet with the Bulgarian Prime Minister. We are in regular...

Macedonia 15.05.22 | 23:05

Petkov sees Macedonia in the EU – but only in the long term

Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov said that all in his country are agreed that Macedonia should be in the EU – in the long term. All Bulgarians know that the rights of Bulgarians in Macedonia need to be protected. Our point is to be rid of the political rhetoric and to get to work. I expect...

Macedonia 15.05.22 | 12:44

Petkov calls off his visit to Macedonia as the Bulgarian veto policy remains in effect

Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov said that he will not visit Macedonia, as was expected in late May, there is some kind of an agreement on the position of the Bulgarian minority in Macedonia. There won’t be a visit soon, because we don’t have a document that we can work on, on the basis of the...

Macedonia 13.05.22 | 23:05

Petkov says no deal will be signed in May, chances for an end to the veto in June look very slim

Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov said that there will be no signing of an agreement in late May, when he is likely to meet with Macedonian Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski. According to Petkov, it is still not certain even that the traditional meeting in Rome, on the honoring of Ss. Cyril and Methodius...

Macedonia 12.05.22 | 12:00

US pressure on Bulgaria over Macedonia seems to be having effect

In several recent statements, Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov became even more active in promoting the end of the veto against Macedonia’s EU accession talks. Petkov was moderate in his positions to Macedonia from the start, unlike hard-line President Rumen Radev, but is now very openly conciliatory. I...

Macedonia 11.05.22 | 10:58

During his visit to Washington, Petkov says he is determined to see Macedonia and Albania in the EU

Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov again stated that Bulgaria is determined to see Macedonia and Albania in the European Union. Petkov is visiting Washington – without his more hard-line Foreign Minister Teodora Gencovska – and continues to send moderate messages to Macedonia. I’m...

Macedonia 07.05.22 | 19:20

Bulgarian PM Petkov will visit the US, likely to face pressure about the veto against Macedonia

Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov is set to visit the United States next week, along with his ministers for energy, defense and the deputy Foreign Minister. It’s likely that the meeting will include at least some pressure from the US for Bulgaria to lift its veto against Macedonia’s EU...

Macedonia 05.05.22 | 13:28

Petkov could lose his Government in an attempt to save Kovacevski’s

Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov is on the verge of losing his own post in an attempt to keep Dimitar Kovacevski in his. Petkov, whose coalition is deeply divided over the veto against Macedonia, is now openly saying that Bulgaria must allow Macedonia to open accession talks. If it fails to do so,...

Macedonia 16.04.22 | 16:58

Mickoski calls on Petkov to work to improve the rights of Macedonians in Bulgaria

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski called on the Bulgarian Government to elevate the rights of ethnic Macedonians in Bulgaria, if it really wants to improve relations with Macedonia. Mickoski spoke on the day of when Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov came to Bitola to open a cultural center...

Macedonia 16.04.22 | 16:49

Kiril Petkov sends a conciliatory message during his controversial visit to Bitola

Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov made conciliatory comments during his visit to Bitola today, where he was met by protesters as he opened a cultural center named after a controversial World War Two leader. We need to overcome our egos and, to some extent, our recent and not so recent history, Petkov...

Macedonia 16.04.22 | 13:57

Police deployed to protect the Bulgarian delegation during its visit to Bitola as protesters gather

Bitola is overrun by police as a high level Bulgarian delegation is expected to come to the city and attend the opening of a cultural center named after controversial Second World War era Macedonia leader Vanco Mihajlov. Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, Vice President Iliana Iotova and other dignitaries...

Macedonia 16.04.22 | 10:19

The offer Macedonia made to Bulgaria will remain secret

Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani insists that the proposal Macedonia apparently made to Bulgaria to resolve the historic dispute that blocks our EU accession path, will remain secret even after Bulgaria publicly rejected it. Yes, there is such a document, which we are prepared to accept, but until we have...

Macedonia 16.04.22 | 09:36

Protests planned as Bulgarian Prime Minister Petkov comes to Bitola to open a controversial club

Protests are planned in Bitola today, as a large delegation of Bulgarian officials, including Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, Vice President Iliana Iotova and former Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva will attend the opening of a Bulgarian cultural center. The association of WW2 fighters from Bitola and...

Macedonia 15.04.22 | 21:11

“Imagine if our Government officials opened a Macedonian cultural center in Blagoevgrad”

Imagine what would happen if Prime Minister Kovacevski went to Blagoevgrad to open a cultural center of the Macedonians there or of the OMO Ilinden – Pirin association, said VMRO-DPMNE representative Stefan Andonovski, about the planned visit tomorrow, in which Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov...

Macedonia 08.04.22 | 15:23

Petkov dismisses hopes that Bulgaria may lift the veto

Prime Minister Kiril Petkov again cooled hopes that Bulgaria will lift the veto against Macedonia’s EU accession talks. While the Kovacevski Government is hoping that this may happen in June, Petkov said that there is a position of his entire coalition, which includes parties that a far more hardline...

Macedonia 08.04.22 | 09:55

Petkov ignored Von der Leyen’s comment about minority rights

Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov faced an embarrassing moment when European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said, during their joint press conference, that minority rights are one of the fundamental European values. She also reminded that a decision to open EU accession talks with Macedonia...

Macedonia 02.04.22 | 20:36

Bulgarian PM Petkov blames the veto against Macedonia on Russian agents!?

Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov directly accused Russia of planting agents who worked to worsen relations between Macedonia and Bulgaria. The relations are at a low point after the previous, Boyko Borisov Government in Bulgaria, placed a veto on Macedonia’s EU accession talks and raised deeply...

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